Essay On Connotation And Denotation

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Denotation and Connotation
Connotation and Denotation are the two principal methods of describing the meanings of words. While denotation describes the precise and literal definition of a word that would be found in the dictionary, connotation refers to the wide range of interchanging associations that most words carry with them. To use these two variances incorrectly can be a very negative thing, and could induce many damaging consequences.
“The New York Times has a Communism fetish” (The Weekly Standard, Sept. 26 2017) . The term fetish itself is a very awkward term. The most common denotation of the word, taken from the Oxford Dictionary, is quoted as “A form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular
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To use the term “weirdos” in a headline is very demoralizing. As used here, “Trump has climate change weirdos everywhere freaking out” (The American Spectator, Aug. 30 2017), The American Spectator is calling out a very large group of individuals a crude name. The group of individuals who believe in climate change include a very large portion of the population. We are all mostly aware of the definition of “weirdos” or “weirdo”, but as stated in the oxford dictionary it means “A person whose dress or behavior seems strange or eccentric.” To call a large group of individuals, which I might add includes very well respected and intelligent individuals in it, is very unprofessional and uncalled for. The fact that the headline was allowed to be published truly should be a mistake. The headline is definitely an attention grabber, and it most likely will draw up even more debate on the fact of climate change itself. Whether one believes in it or not is their own bias, but a respected news outlet should never be so biased on one opinion that they call anyone who isn’t on their side crude and unprofessional names. The use of denotation and connotation was very poor here, therefore most likely drawing a very negative impact on the company

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